Thanks for saying what I’ve been saying in a different way. If you are in favor maximum individual freedom you need to first notice who holds the most power to restrict an individuals’ liberty, and it’s not the government.
Most gov’t rules restricting an individual’s freedom are criminal laws. There are relatively few non-criminal government laws that restrict an individual’s freedom.
The rules that most restrict individuals are private ones from your bank, your insurance company, your employer, your school, etc. And, it’s usually the government that tells your bank, your insurance company and your employer that they can’t impose those rules on you.
The gov’t’s limitations on the rules these private parties can impose on you decrease the business’ liberty and increase the individual’s liberty.
So, what’s more important — greater power for an inhuman, artificial, corporate creature whose only goal is self enrichment or greater power and freedom for actual human beings? I think that the answer for humans is obvious.
BTW, if we had the UBI that many libertarians seem to favor THAT would give the government huge additional power over the recipients. Criticize the government and risk having your eligibility “investigated” and put on hold until you are cleared. A UBI instead of higher wages will potentially decrease individual liberty. If you’re in favor of individual freedom, that should be important to you.
— David Grace